Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Linguistics (Fall 2022), School of Arts and Letters

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Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics for Fall 2022

Truman State University


Position: The Department of English and Linguistics is seeking applicants for one tenure track faculty position as an Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics to start August 2022. This position is a full-time appointment on a nine-month contract. There are also summer teaching possibilities. This is an ideal opportunity for candidates who aspire to a position at a public liberal arts and sciences institution where teaching high-ability undergraduates is the primary mission.

The successful candidate will provide classroom instruction in applied linguistics, courses required for the add-on ESOL teaching certification, courses for the undergraduate linguistics major and/or English undergraduate and graduate programs. The candidate will also be expected to engage in scholarly activity, and perform other service to students (advising, mentoring, supervising internships), to the department, the University, and the community. There are also opportunities to participate in the rich interdisciplinary culture of the University.

The position requires a PhD (completed by the August start date) in Applied Linguistics and/or TESOL, with prior experience in teaching ESL, and the ability to teach a course on Language Policy and Planning.

Applicants will be evaluated on academic qualifications; teaching philosophy; experience in teaching ESL in diverse contexts; experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate students; demonstrated success in student-centered college-level teaching; commitment to diversity and inclusion; commitment to the liberal arts; evidence of effective communication and interpersonal skills; potential for scholarly achievement; and compatibility with the department's needs.

Salary: Salary is commensurate with experience and education. The benefits package includes life, health and disability insurance, retirement contributions, and reimbursed assistance for moving expenses. The awarding of tenure and promotion is based on success in the University’s teacher-scholar model.

Program: The Department of English and Linguistics currently offers an undergraduate degree in linguistics as well as minors in linguistics and applied linguistics, and supports the add-on ESOL certification for Master of Arts in Education students. Depending on their areas of specialization and research interests, linguistics faculty also regularly teach courses for the general education program (first-year seminars and junior-level interdisciplinary seminars) as well as for the BA or MA in English, and several of Truman’s interdisciplinary minors.

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 4,000 students who make up its student body are well prepared for the challenging academics in a supportive environment. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience and nearly half go on to graduate or professional school within a year of earning a degree. Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Monthly consistently ranks Truman as one of the best master’s universities in the nation. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgments, visit truman.edu/about.

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to being the home of Truman, Kirksville is the birthplace of osteopathic medicine and features a medical school, dental school and community college, and the Kirksville School District is consistently recognized for academic excellence. The community takes pride in several annual events including the Round Barn Blues Festival and the FLATS Trail Half-Marathon. The charming downtown area features an arts center, as well as several local shops and restaurants. It is also the site of numerous community events including the Red, White and Blue Festival in the summer and the Red Barn Arts and Craft Festival each fall. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville Regional Airport to St. Louis provide quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at visitkirksville.com.

Application: The School of Arts and Letters handles the application process. Electronic submissions of applications is preferred, http://employment.truman.edu/. Application materials may be submitted to hrstaff@truman.edu or by mail to Truman State University, Office of Human Resources, 100 E. Normal, MC 101, Kirksville, MO 63501. Completed applications must include a letter of application that clearly addresses the qualifications and evaluative criteria listed above; current curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy that presents the candidate's commitment to diversity and inclusion, to the liberal arts, and to student-centered teaching; contact information for at least three references; and official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate college transcripts.

Review of applications will begin on December 3, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available. Final candidates are required to undergo and successfully pass a background check. Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Mary Shapiro, mshapiro@truman.edu.

Truman State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, Truman State does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or protected veteran status in its program or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Direct inquiries to the Institutional Compliance Officer, 660-785-4354 and titleix@truman.edu.

Truman State is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate form or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources, McClain Hall 101, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501, 660-785-4031 or hrstaff@truman.edu.

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